And do not mix the truth with falsehood or conceal the truth while you know it. (Qur’an 2:42)
Recently I did a review of Dr. Jonathan Browns’ book here:
I mentioned in that review the following concerning Dr. Brown’s book:
The section “Western debates over historical reliability” is an absolutely essential read for those highly critical of the hadith literature.
Especially the section on ‘Western Evaluation‘.
Where he quotes from the works of Nabia Abbott, David Powers, Fred Donner, and Harold Motzki all who do not dismiss the hadith literature outright.
These are the names of scholars, that those people who reject the hadith in totality would prefer you do not know about.
In fact, one of the claims by people who reject the hadith in total is that that textual hadith came along some 250-300 years after the Blessed Messenger (saw).
Here is a German orientalist Dr. Harald Motzki who takes the ‘Qur’an only’ Muslims to task for this assertion.
The following entry is a must-read for anyone who holds the assertion of textual hadith coming some 250-300 years after the Blessed Messenger (saw).
I have yet to see anyone from the ‘Qur’an Only’ movement interact with any of Dr. Motzki’s material in any way at all.
Of course one can with ease dismiss the claims of traditionalists who uphold all the ‘sahih‘ or sound hadith at all cost. However, such an assertion cannot be so easily made against those who are not-yet-Muslim and have no real vested faith interest in upholding traditionalist claims.
This is worth a read if we are looking at being fair and honest.
Again, I feel that the Prima-Qur’an approach is a middle ground between rejecting the traditions in their entirety; and accepting the traditions in their entirety.
“The Musannaf of Abd al–Razzaq al–San‘ani as a Source of Authentic Ahadith of the First Century A.H.” – by Harald Motzki